Australian synth-pop powerhouse Cut Copy is back with a their fifth studio album, Haiku From Zero. First single “Airborne” was released in July as a teaser for the new record, closely followed by the mesmerising “Standing in the Middle Of The Field” and more danceable “Black Rainbows”, which you can stream below.
Released via Cut Copy’s own imprint Cutters Records (licensed to Astralwerks in the US), Haiku From Zero is the band’s first full-length release since 2013’s Free Your Mind. Less immediately danceable than some of their previous work, this new release still features the kind of 80s-throwback vibes that have come to define Cut Copy, with electronic grooves and psychedelic synths featuring prominently from start to finish.
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Belgian indie electronic duo Soldout is back with a refreshingly eclectic new record, Forever, released last March via Flatcat Recordings. Their 5th studio album includes collaborations with artists like Goose, Maya Postepski (Austra), Victor LeMasne (Housse de Racket), it is mixed by Marta Salogni (FKA Twigs, Dave Gahan, MIA, Frank Ocean), and Bart Demey (The Magician, Hercules and Love Affair).
Their music is a collision between the cold and abrupt universe of electro and the softness of pop melodies. With a resolute contemporary vibe, they bring together the sounds of the 80’s and give them a new twist.
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Multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, has been making music out of his home studio in Georgia for close to 10 years. His album Mister Mellow was released a few months ago on Stones Throw Records, accompanied by a visual album on DVD.
Conceived over the course of 2 years, Mister Mellow is intensely personal (Greene’s only collaborator was mix engineer Cole MGN) – but the ideas and observations found within the album speak to a much larger shared experience that is affecting an entire generation. The album was influenced by old classics as well as the experimental collage techniques of musique concrète. Styles as diverse as free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych are combined together to create a busy, chaotic mix.
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Belgian pop export Oscar and the Wolf returns with the latest single lifted from his brand new album Infinity, out now via PIAS. Produced by Belgian techno wizard One Track Brain, “Runaway” is a grittier, late-night club take on O&TW’s signature indie pop sound, combining seductive vocals and icy-cold minimal beats.
In the past couple of years Oscar & The Wolf, helmed by multimedia artist Max Colombie, have released a string of chart-toppers in Belgium (“So Real”, “Breathing”, “Strange Entity”), rapidly transitioning from undergound blog favourite to household name. After headlining Pukkelpop and being the first live band to play Tomorrowland, they are embarking on a sold out tour which includes two back-to-back dates at Antwerp’s 23,000-capactiy Sportpaleis.
Infinity features 12 tracks oscillating between dark electro and poetic indie pop, most of them written by Colombie at home in Brussels. The new set fuses exquisitely delivered vocals with layers of synths and thumping beats, matching a cinematic quality to an emotive flair. Colombie explains: “I’ve never made such an eclectic collection of songs, and it’s turned out that way because I’ve had kind of a dramatic year. But actually I think drama can be a good thing. […] That’s where the music comes from.”
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Australian multi-platinum selling sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone recently shared the exquisite video for new single “Chateau”. This stunning and hypnotic new tune is taken from the duo’s forthcoming album Snow, which is will be released on September 15th via [PIAS].
The video stars leading Australian actors Courtney Eaton (Mad Max Fury Road) and Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers, Stranger Things Season 2). Set in the magical surrounds of Mexico City, it finds its two young protagonists embarking on a surreal and colourful adventure – stealing Angus & Julia’s car, crashing a decadent wedding and leading the guests to an underground disco.
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